Meatless Meatballs with Sweet & Sour Sauce

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These Vegetarian Meatballs taste so close to the real thing, you won’t be able to tell the difference!


  • 300 grams vegan ground beef
  • 1 thumb size ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 23 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 stalk scallion (finely chopped)

Sweet and sour sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch mixed with 3 tablespoons water


  1. Add all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl and mix well using your fingers.
    NOTE: If you are using ground beef granules such as Gardein and Morning Star, briefly pulse the mixture in blender.
  2. Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture (this ensures all the meatballs will be the same size) and roll the mixture between your palms. Set the meatball aside on a plate and repeat the process until all the mixture has been used.
  3. In a large pan over medium high heat, add oil and after a minute, the meatballs. Fry for a few minutes on each side (for a total of 8-10 minutes) until the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking, add all the ingredients for the sauce- EXCEPT for the corn/potato starch mixture – into a bowl and mix well.
  5. Remove the meatballs and lay them on a paper towel to remove excess oil.
  6. Using the same pan over medium heat, add sauce mixture and stir for one minute. Add corn/potato starch and water mixture and cook for another minute or until sauce has thicken a little.
  7. Put the meatballs back into the pan and cook for a minute with the sauce, moving them around so all the sides are coated.
  8. Transfer the meatballs onto a plate or a bowl, sprinkle scallions on top and serve with warm rice.


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